Thursday 20 July 2017

‘Is wine the new tea?’ Some of the most exciting projects to see at this year’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Amy Molloy and Jason Kennedy

From examining the drinking habits of middle-aged women, to stopping dogs from attacking cyclists, the projects on display at this year’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition have garnered much interest.

Cavan students Claire Young and Emma McDwyer decided to carry out research into the amount of wine professional women in Ireland are drinking.

Their project studied the hidden drinking habits of women aged between 30 to 60 and revealed why women are consuming “potentially fatal” amounts of alcohol.

“Wine is the new tea,” they concluded.

“We found that there is a problem of excess drinking and women aren’t aware of the long –term problems

“They ask questions like ‘Is it wine o’clock yet?’ and ‘Is it okay to have wine every day?’ – but it’s not.”

With their research, they hope to highlight how social media is normalising alcohol consumption and raise awareness about the health implications caused by drinking every day.

Meanwhile, for those of you who have been attacked by a dog while cycling, Westmeath duo Joseph Boyan and Ruairí Fagan  have designed a device which may keep the canines at bay.

Dogs be Gone is a tool attached to the handlebars of a bicycle which is used to keep dogs a safe distance from cyclists by emitting frequencies.

The results have so far proven successful.

“I’ve been chased by dogs and everyone I know in the local cycling club has been chased by dogs,” Joseph (14) told Independent.ie.

“We have the button in a certain position so the cyclist doesn’t have to move their hands from the brake to get to the button and it will send out a frequency which will scare the dog off”.

Other impressive projects included an examination of the science behind “likes” on social media, an electric toothbrush which will help charge your phone and a device which will prevent your mobile imploding due to being overheated.

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